Northern Ont. resident charged for not quarantining after returning from Jamaica

An Ontario Provincial Police badge is seen in this file photo. (File Photo/The Canadian Press)

Police say a French River area resident has been fined $1,255 for failing to comply with conditions upon entering Canada under the federal Quarantine Act, the second Canadian charged in the northeast.

Ontario Provincial Police said a 67-year-old from Alban, Ont. has been charged after returning to Canada from Jamaica on Nov. 1 and not adhering to the mandatory two-week quarantine.

"When individuals enter Canada from another country, they are ordered to quarantine for 14 days. A plan outlining the quarantine is first established with Canada Border Services. The OPP will support this process by conducting compliance checks," said OPP in a news release. "Individuals are reminded that while under quarantine order, there is no exception to leave the quarantine residence until the 14 days are complete. Any goods and services must be delivered to the location of quarantine during the 14 days if required."

#NipissingWestOPP charged a 67 y/o person from #Alban who did not abide by the mandatory 2-week quarantine upon returning to ���� from Jamaica. Total fine=$1,255. Pls respect orders under #FederalQuarantineAct to slow the spread of #COVID19 ��^mc

— OPP North East Region (@OPP_NER) November 4, 2020

Previously in July, two seniors from Florida, one American and one Canadian, were charged near North Bay after failing to comply with Canada's mandatory quarantine period for travellers coming into the country. They came north to stay at their seasonal property.

Despite the Canada-U.S. border being closed to non-essential travel, immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from travel restrictions if entry requirements are met.

Just last week, a family from Pennsylvania was caught not complying with the two-week quarantine and two adults were fined. It is not known how they were permitted entry into the country.

While tourists and cross-border visits remain restricted, trade and commerce are exempted as are certain family members and loved ones who can make a case on compassionate grounds to be allowed into Canada.